Best of CES 2016, Home Audio Loudspeaker
Design: Murphy Tan, Larry Koo, Kanice Mok
Project lead: Larry Koo
E6 is the successor of E5. It has inherited the signature innovation: Surround-on-Demand. The feature is to simply detach the wireless surround speakers from the left and right main speaker units and place them at the rear of the room to get multi-channel surround sound experience with your games and movies. When the action is over, reattach the speakers for music and TV shows. Using proprietary wireless audio technology with surround speakers that operate on a unique frequency, there is no network interference. The result is a completely wireless surround system with lossless audio quality for music and movies.
In terms of design quality, E6 is all about detail refinements. The same materials and color tonalities is kept to be consistent it's predecessor. To live up to it's reputation, the execution is taken under more consideration to deliver a premium and high quality designed product.
Moving away from wool, a dual layered speaker cloth was chosen to feel slightly lighter and with a more refined weaving texture. The combination of grey and white color preserve the richness and texture complexity that was found in wool. Most importantly, it has high transparency for acoustic which meets our sound quality standards. The color contrast is tuned slightly darker to match with the overall tonality.
A stitch line was added to the edge of the leather handle on both sides to create a more premium perception. It is a detail found commonly on proper leather goods. With the same purpose of the cloth treatment, the leather color is tuned to be consistent with the overall tonality. The richness of the darker tone makes the overall proposition feels more formal, complex and sophisticated. Last but not least, surface texture of the leather is made to be more pronounced to show off the leather authenticity.
One of the challenge in interior design is the matching of wood color and finishing among furniture. By darkening the color close to black, it preserve the natural wood grain finishing and makes it a more natural match with all different wood colors. It also blends in with the colors of the surrounding and complements the new details refinements made on the leather.
The pattern is remained to be the same, but the size of the circular openings are made smaller and the distance between them is reduced. Again, the uplifting treatments on E6 are all about detail refinements. The metallic silver color is tuned darker to match with the cloth color and to the overall color scheme.